Marseille game postponed after fans 'storm training ground'

Some Olympique de Marseille fans stormed into the team’s training ground hours before a Ligue 1 game against Stade Rennais as they protested against the club’s officials, with Saturday’s fixture subsequently postponed.

RMC Sport reported some 150-200 supporters tried to break into the Robert Louis Dreyfus centre.

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Footage on RMC Sport’s twitter feed showed some of the fans forcing their way in. Some were seen throwing flares and lighting firecrackers.

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The outlet published footage of fans marching in the streets and carrying banners reading “(Club) directors, out”, as well as others directly targeting OM president Jacques-Henri Eyraud.

It then reported the situation had calmed down, without elaborating. OM were not immediately available for comment.

Earlier in the day, St Étienne’s training session was interrupted by 300 supporters who came to apply pressure to the team following their humiliating 5-0 derby defeat to Lyon ahead of their clash against OGC Nice on Sunday.

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Marseille fans 'storm training ground' ahead of Rennes game

Some Olympique de Marseille fans stormed into the team’s training ground hours before a Ligue 1 game against Stade Rennais as they protested against the club’s officials, French multimedia outlet RMC Sport reported on Saturday.

RMC Sport reported some 150-200 supporters tried to break into the Robert Louis Dreyfus centre.

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Footage on RMC Sport’s twitter feed showed some of the fans forcing their way in. Some were seen throwing flares and lighting firecrackers.

The outlet published footage of fans marching in the streets and carrying banners reading “(Club) directors, out”, as well as others directly targeting OM president Jacques-Henri Eyraud.

It then reported the situation had calmed down, without elaborating. OM were not immediately available for comment.

Earlier in the day, St Étienne’s training session was interrupted by 300 supporters who came to apply pressure to the team following their humiliating 5-0 derby defeat to Lyon ahead of their clash against OGC Nice on Sunday.

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Olympique Lyonnais moved top of the Ligue 1 standings when Leo Dubois struck in injury time to snatch a 2-1 home victory over Girondins de Bordeaux on Friday.

Bordeaux’s Samuel Kalu cancelled out Karl Toko-Ekambi’s first-half opener before Dubois pounced two minutes into added time to put Lyon on 46 points from 22 games, one ahead of Paris St Germain and Lille who play on Sunday.

The result left Bordeaux in seventh place on 32 points.

PSG travel to Lorient and Lille host Dijon.

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An inexperienced Saint-Etienne team depleted by injuries and Covid-19 cases fell to a 5-0 loss against Lyon in the Rhone derby on Sunday night.

Starting four players born in 2000 or later was always going to be a daunting prospect versus a Lyon front three who had scored 27 Ligue 1 goals this season prior to the match.

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Much optimism was crushed early on though when a corner fell to Tino Kadewere and he slotted home in the 16th minute to open the scoring.

Rudi Garcia’s men extended their lead in the 36th minute when Marcelo powered a header home from Leo Dubois’ free-kick.

Dubois enjoyed a fruitful night down the right, with the full-back rarely being required to defend, and lightning struck twice when Marcelo headed another one of his free-kicks from a near-identical position to make it 3-0 not too long after half-time.

Zimbabwe international Kadewere also bagged a brace, doubling his tally in the 68th minute by cutting inside to score on his left foot after an unselfish piece of play from Memphis Depay.

Depay was unfortunate not to have a goal of his own when Lyon made it 5-0 late on, with his curled free-kick being ruled a Denis Bouanga own-goal after the ball scraped the back of the Saint-Etienne winger’s head.

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